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A pharmacist's job is to fill prescriptions written by doctors. Period.
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Pharmacists must fill any prescription requested unless there is a scientifically justified objective reason for not doing so.

If a person is unwilling to accept that role, he should not become a pharmacist. Period.

It just disturbs me. I guess consciencious objectors get to get out of their deal altogether, and you think pharmacists should do the same. In my profession, we can withdraw from a particular case without giving up the practice, which just makes more sense to me. You can do the good of your profession without those parts that you think are wrong. You have a right to counsel, but not necessarily me.

In your view, should any professional be required, by force of law, to fulfill or provide any service that is legal and desired by a client?

I found this which seems to just provide more fodder for argument:

http://www.ashp.org/bestpractices/ethics/Ethics_End_Code.pdf

"III. A pharmacist respects the autonomy and dignity of each patient.

A pharmacist promotes the right of self-determination and recognizes individual self-worth by encouraging patients to participate in decisions about their health. A pharmacist communicates with patients in terms that are understandable. In all cases, a pharmacist respects personal and cultural differences among patients."

I think the other side would go with this one:


VII. A pharmacist serves individual, community, and societal needs.

The primary obligation of a pharmacist is to individual patients. However, the obligations of a pharmacist may at times extend beyond the individual to the community and society. In these situations, the pharmacist recognizes the responsibilities that accompany these obligations and acts accordingly.


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